Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to relieve the physical, mental or emotional pains of others and themselves. Compassion is often regarded as being sensitive to the emotional aspects of the suffering of others. When based on notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature. The word "compassion" comes from Middle English, and derives from Old French, via ecclesiastical Latin compassio, from compati. Compassion involves "feeling for another" and is a precursor to empathy, the "feeling as another" capacity. In common parlance, active compassion is the desire to alleviate another's suffering. Compassion involves allowing ourselves to be moved by suffering, and experiencing the motivation to help alleviate and prevent it. An act of compassion is defined by its helpfulness. Qualities of compassion are patience and wisdom; kindness and perseverance; warmth and resolve.
A study of characteristics of U.S. presidential candidate supporters finds, among other things, preference for Trump was predicted by lower Openness and higher Volatility, but lower Compassion and higher Industriousness. Support for Biden was predicted by higher Compassion, Intellect, and Withdrawal